A Trio of Tiny, Perfect Towns in Northeast Wales

May 28, Saturday. (Route map at the end of the post.)

A good chat over breakfast with our landlady in Holywell sent us off for a loop drive along secondary roads that followed a meandering route starting with a trio of tiny, perfect towns.

First stop: Northup and its tiny perfect church…Red hanging lantern and stained-glass windows in Northup's tiny perfect church in Wales…surrounded by a graveyard filled with outstanding tombstones.Angel presiding over a flower-filled graveyard at Northup's tiny perfect church in WalesIn late May Primroses, Irises and Grape Hyacinths add colour.Tomb in a flower-filled graveyard at Northup's tiny perfect church in WalesA charming wood bench under a thriving California lilac just outside the Northup Church.
A charming wood bench under a thriving California lilac by Northup Church in WalesAs we were leaving Northup we spotted the Red Lion Pub. As our loop reconnected at Northup near the end of drive we decided that it might be a good stop for dinner before heading back to our B&B.Red Lion Pub in Northup, WalesNext up Mold – what a name for a town! Anyway it was Market Day and there was a tourist info so we stocked up on brochures.

Cool Welsh hats for sale in the Mold Market.
Hats for sale in the Mold Market, WalesMmmm, these pies caught our attention but it was too early for lunch, especially after our big B&B breakfast.Meat pies for sale at the market in Mold, WalesTony Doyle’s butcher stall on Market Day in Mold.Meat Market on Market Day in Mold, WalesThe old church in Mold had what we thought to be a unique tiled floor, although later we saw that almost all Welsh churches had flooring like this. tiled floor of the church in Mold, WalesThe vestuary in the old church is dimly lit by a single stained-glass window. Vestuary in an old church dimly lit by a single stained-glass window, in Mold, WalesAnd ooh, another potential pub dinner stop!Pub sign for The Griffin in Mold, WalesNext stop: Ruthin and another perfect little church with fun details such as this elaborate wood ceiling.Wood ceiling of the church in Ruthin, WalesWrought iron on the doors entering into the church.Door with wrought iron hinges leading into the church in Ruthin, WalesA brass figure marking a passing.Brass figure on the wall of the church in Ruthin, WalesThe manual pipe organ of St Peters Collegiate Church in Ruthin was originally built in 1898. Buttons and keys of the organ of the church in Ruthin, WalesRuthin also a craft centre with some interesting pieces.

Hand-blown glass vases in a craft shop.Hand-blown glass vases in a craft shop in Ruthin, WalesUnique acrylic jewelry by Wendy Sarah Pacy. Unique designer jewelry for sale in the craft market in Ruthin, WalesBird man.Fun ceramic figurine for sale in the craft market in Ruthin, WalesThe craft centre was where I had my first taste of Welsh cakes, a perfect light snack on a road trip.Welsh cakes and hot chocolate in Ruthin, WalesAnd then there was another perfect pub…Pub in Ruthin, WalesA gilded wrought iron gate on our way out of town. A gilded wrought iron gate in Ruthin, WalesFrom there we followed a really snaky road on our way to the Llangollan and the Pontcysylite Aqueduct, the highest aqueduct in Wales, with canal boats transversing from its height.

The Lonely Planet map showing the loop drive we made on our 2nd day in Wales

The Lonely Planet map showing the loop drive we made on our 2nd day in Wales

8 responses to “A Trio of Tiny, Perfect Towns in Northeast Wales

  1. I enjoyed the trip through the Welsh countryside. I love the look of the butcher stall — looks just as I’d imagine a British meat shop to be.

    What did the Welsch cakes taste like? They look like pancakes but I’m guessing that they’re different.

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